Sarah Evans has been practicing law in San Diego since 2000, primarily working on employment law matters. Sarah regularly provides employment law advice to local employers to assist their compliance with all applicable statutes and regulations and frequently advises clients in the early stages of potential disputes. She regularly counsels employers on employment-related issues, including harassment and hostile work environment prevention, wage and hour compliance, and disciplinary actions.

Sarah is also a litigation attorney, handling claims filed with the Employment Development Department, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, as well as in federal and state courts. Sarah regularly defends clients in class action cases involving employment and wage issues and is co-author of the employment law chapter in “A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions” published by the American Bar Association.

From a small town in Kentucky, Sarah and her husband enjoy San Diego with their two school age sons.

education

  • University of Southern California (B.A., 1997)
  • Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 2000)

memberships

  • California Women Lawyers
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California

awards

  • 40th Senate District's 2018 Woman of the Year
  • San Diego Business Journal's 2017 Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Business Journal's 2016 Best of the Bar
  • Wiley M. Manual Award for pro bono legal services (three times)
  • Named to the San Diego Daily Transcript's Top Young Attorneys 2007
  • Named a Top 40 Under 40, San Diego Brightest Young Leaders, by the San Diego Metropolitan Magazine

community service

  • Friends of Balboa Park Board of Directors, Member
  • Border View Family YMCA board of management member and current chair
  • Former Crawford High School Academy of Law board of directors member
  • Former South County Economic Development Council’s Workforce and Education Committee member
  • Former Lawyers Club of San Diego board of directors member, including one year as vice president

Related News

3.24.18

Schwartz Semerdjian partner Sarah Evans will participate as a judge for the McLennon Honors Moot Court Competition hosted by the USD School of Law and the Appellate Moot Court Board. The McLennon Tournament provides USD law students the opportunity to hone their oral argument skills and master new areas of the law. This type of competition provides future lawyers with the practice and experience needed to develop effective oral advocacy skills.

3.12.18

Senator Ben Hueso honored Sarah Brite Evans as the 40th Senate District's Woman of the Year at a luncheon and Senate floor ceremony at the State Capitol today.  According to Senator Hueso, “Sarah is a true asset to our district. She moves seamlessly between her professional role as one of San Diego Business Journal's ‘Best of the Bar’, to her civic responsibilities, where she serves as Chair of the Board of Management for the Border View YMCA. Please join me in thanking Sarah for all that she has done, and continues to do, to strengthen our community.” Congratulations, Sarah!

11.28.17

A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions,” second edition, is now available from the American Bar Association. Schwartz Semerdjian partner Sarah Evans and associate Kristen Bush authored the “Employment Cases” chapter about class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Equal Pay Act, and statutes prohibiting employment discrimination. You can order your copy of the two-volume set online at the American Bar Association book store. A Kindle edition will also be available soon.

10.3.17

Schwartz Semerdjian partner Sarah Evans was unanimously elected to Friends of Balboa Park Board of Directors. Congratulations, Sarah! We are so proud.

The Friends of Balboa Park was born out of the same commitment to civic-minded philanthropy that motivated San Diego’s leaders in the early part of the last century. Founded in 1999 by a group of longtime park volunteers, the Friends of Balboa Park is dedicated to Balboa Park as a whole, initiating park-wide projects that transcend individual institutions and address human-scale needs.

Friends of Balboa Park's vision is measured in acres and decades, manifested in activities that honor Balboa Park’s celebrated past, enhance its current place in the life of San Diego, improve access and lay the groundwork for a secure future. Friends of Balboa Park's greatest successes are not always the most conspicuous: quietly identifying and meeting a need, seamlessly integrating a new feature into a historic setting, partnering with other organizations and public agencies to raise the park’s profile and give its interests a voice in city government.

9.13.17

Schwartz Semerdjian partner Sarah Evans is presenting today The Ins & Outs of an Employee Handbook, along with presenter Andrea Morgan, Human Resources Consultant with BBSI. The program is hosted by the Associated Subcontractors Alliance (ASA). Click here for event information and registration.

4.4.17

Partner Sarah Evans has been recognized by her peers and named to the San Diego Business Journal Best of the Bar 2017. On April 10, 2017, the publication will showcase the top San Diego attorneys in private practice as nominated by their peers. Sarah specializes in employment law and business & commercial litigation. Congratulations, Sarah!

2.17.17

Target and playground equipment manufacturer KaBOOM! recently granted Border View Family YMCA an “Imagination Playground in a Cart”.  Schwartz Semerdjian partner/Border View board chair Sarah Evans attended the February 17th playground unveiling with her children.  Imagination Playground in a Cart is an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication and collaboration in play, and children in the surrounding neighborhood are sure to have lots of fun times with this new equipment. 

9.30.16

Schwartz Semerdjian partners John Moot and Sarah Evans will join a variety of firm clients and contacts at the South County Economic Development Council's 26th Annual Economic Summit at the San Diego Convention Center.  For the past several years, Schwartz Semerdjian has sponsored a table at the summit, which brings together border region political and economic leaders to discuss common issues and celebrate award-winning work in San Diego's South Bay.

3.2.16

Schwartz Semerdjian client Sweetwater Union High School District Prevails in Contractors' Appeal on ‘Free Speech’ Gifts Ruling - California's Fourth District Court of Appeals recently published its opinion in the Sweetwater Union High School District's case handled by Schwartz Semerdjian attorneys John Moot, Sarah Evans and Kristen Bush.  As is described in the attached article from the Union-Tribune, “Jersey Boys” tickets, lavish meals, and free trips were among the gifts lavished on Sweetwater officials by contractors, who contend that the entertainment was a form of free speech.  The San Diego appeals court disagreed, and the ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal affirmed a decision by San Diego Superior Court Judge Sturgeon in December 2014, in a case filed by Sweetwater Union High School District against construction contractors Gilbane and The Seville Group. The district is trying to recover millions of dollars it paid to the companies for a series of school building projects. Link to published opinion of California’s 4th District Court of AppealLink to the full March 2, 2016 Union Tribune article.